or bru·lée

[broo-ley, broo-lee; French bry-ley]

noun, plural bru·lés [broo-leyz, broo-leez; French bry-ley] /bruˈleɪz, ˈbru liz; French brüˈleɪ/.

(in the Pacific Northwest) an area of forest destroyed by fire.
Canadian. land covered with rocks or scrub growth.

Origin of brulé

1785–95, Americanism; < French: burnt, past participle of brûler; see broil1



noun, plural Bru·lés, (especially collectively) Bru·lé.

a member of a North American Indian people belonging to the Teton branch of the Dakota. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brule

Historical Examples of brule

  • Brule took a swallow of his drink and put the glass down on the floor.


    James H Schmitz

  • And this small favor—it was the very least I could do for Brule.


    James H Schmitz

  • The houses at the mouth of the Marias were burned after the company moved to Brule bottom.

    Then and Now

    Robert Vaughn

  • The train then proceeded eastward, by Brule and to Ogallala.

  • Just back of the house there, and round the barn, and then straight for the brule.

British Dictionary definitions for brule




(sometimes not capital) short for bois-brûlé
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